No matter the result of the presidential election, we may be feeling valid distress or grief at the white supremacy and injustice that is deeply embedded in the fabric of the United States.
Rachel Cargle wrote a message this morning that resonated deeply with me. She wrote, “Regardless of who wins the presidency these numbers shine a light on the truth that this country is unyielding in its injustices.” See her post below.
Today, I am intentionally surrounding myself with people and things that comfort me and make me feel safe. For example, I brought my tarot deck and a few grounding crystals to work. I am also surrounding myself with images of butterflies, which help me feel grounded and hopeful.
Affirmations are also particularly helpful for me. I decided to pull together a list of simple reminders we can lean on for comfort and to remain resilient post-election, no matter the result. I hope these resonate.
I am allowed to protect my peace. I am allowed to do what I need to do to care for myself during this time. I am allowed to turn off the news. I am allowed to turn off my phone. I am allowed to rest.
I am allowed to set boundaries. I am allowed to decline a phone call. I am allowed to limit my conversation about the election with family, friends, and coworkers.
I am allowed to be less productive during this time. My productivity does not define my worth as I process this historical event.
I am allowed to feel complex emotions. While I recognize that voting cannot be the sole path to liberation, I realize it holds weight and significance. Both of these things can be true at the same time.
My body is worthy of care and nourishment. I will remember to care for my body, feed myself, and drink water as I process this event.
No matter who wins the election, I still have autonomy. I will continue to make choices that affirm the rights and dignity of marginalized people. I will continue to affirm my own dignity.
No matter who wins the election, I have nothing to prove. I will stand in what I know is the truth. I will continue advocating for justice.
No matter who wins the election, I can choose to practice hope. “Hope is a discipline.” – Mariame Kaba
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